This Soon-to-Open Theme Park Has a Life-Sized Mario Kart You Can Ride

It's opening in Osaka in 2021.

PHOTO BY Facebook/Universal Studios Japan

(SPOT.ph) Theme-park fans would know that a Harry Potter theme park is scheduled to open in 2023, while a Studio Ghibli park is launching in 2022 despite delays. Besides those developments, the year 2021 is shaping up to be a huge improvement compared to the mess that is 2020. At Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, the world's first Super Nintendo World is opening on February 4, 2021.

Its flagship ride, of course, is a rollercoaster reminiscent of the Mario Kart called Koopa's Challenge. Get ready to be awed at the special effects, thanks to augmented reality.  While wearing a virtual headset shaped like Mario's red cap, riders get to experience the popular racing game as you zoom your way through the Mushroom Kingdom and try to win against Mario and Luigi. Just like in the game, you also get to power up through mushrooms and collect coins hidden inside boxes marked with a question mark.

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Universal Studios Japan reopened to visitors across Japan on July 20. Rides are disinfected every after use, social distancing and reduced capacity are enforced, and guests are required to wear masks at all times (except when you're in the Mask Free Zone).

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